Earlier, treasure seekers around the world were intrigued following media reports that the diary of an SS officer said to contain clues about the location of millions of dollars’ worth of Nazi loot was discovered after being hidden away in a Freemasons lodge in Germany.
The ‘diary of SS Officer Egon Ollenhauer’ said to contain details of a special operation approved by Adolf Hitler to hide some 260 truckloads of gold bars, coins, valuables and priceless artwork at nearly a dozen discreet locations across Poland in the closing months of World War 2 simply isn’t credible, Russian military historian Konstantin Zalessky has said.
According to the historian, who has written over a dozen books on Nazi Germany, there were simply too many inconsistencies with the story.
“The document itself wasn’t published; several photographs of its pages were provided. We need to be careful with such things. The people who submitted these papers say that there had been verified in five examinations, but we don’t know who conducted them,” Zalessky said, speaking to Russia’s Zvezda newspaper.
The historian drew attention to the shroud of mystery hanging over how the diary found its way to the Freemasons lodge, and just who this Officer Egon Ollenhauer really is. According to the historian, his name could not be found in any historical documents.
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